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Poster: Rings&Bells Date: Sep 8, 2008 2:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Pleasant Surprise in Poetry Class...

This afternoon while sitting through the first day of Critical Approaches to Poetry, we were going over some poems on a Power Point when I saw E.E. Cummings' "Buffalo Bill's". I immediately thought of the 10/31/91 Dark Star in which Ken Kesey makes a reference to this very poem. Of course, immediately when I returned home I listened to it. I forgot all about how amazing Kesey's rant is, and he recites the poem almost word for word,just a little mixed up. Good poem, but much better when delivered by a dosed Kesey than by my instructor. Never before had I been so excited about poetry. I would put the poem in the post but there is weird spacing that can't be replicated in a post. So, for interested parties here's a link to it: http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/139.html

Here's the show with the rant: http://www.archive.org/details/gd91-10-31.sbd.gardner.2897.sbeok.shnf



This post was modified by Rings&Bells on 2008-09-08 21:47:29

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Poster: daliguana Date: Sep 8, 2008 4:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pleasant Surprise in Poetry Class...

Funny - my history prof lead off with that poem talking about US history during WWII.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 8, 2008 4:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pleasant Surprise in Poetry Class...

Way to go R&B! Thanks for reporting on this...I would venture to say that Hunter is not unknown to Americana Poet Fans, university level and otherwise, so who knows--maybe you'll be treated to a real treat as the semester/quarter unfolds.

I recall that in the early 70s one of the top music classes at Stanford used The Eleven as an example of a complex R&R contribution with structure worth investigating in its own right. Was surprised that an elderly gentleman in tie and jacket would have been on the ball and seen the song for what it was...(complex, at least).

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Poster: patourkid Date: Sep 8, 2008 7:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pleasant Surprise in Poetry Class...

Kind of on the same topic I met Bob W. in an airport in Ohio and got an autograph and he signed it "Buffalo Bobby Weir" True story.

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Poster: patkelleyPA Date: Sep 8, 2008 4:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pleasant Surprise in Poetry Class...

"Critical Approaches to Poetry." You get my props just for having to take that class. I took a similar course once, and I would rather have swept Beaver Stadium on Sunday mornings than gone to it. But that's just me.